August 27, 2011

Fun Fall Project!

Happy Saturday!

I have been busy the last couple of days and haven't had a chance to make anything to post. I thought that I would re-post a fun kid friendly project, that I posted about a year ago.

I am going to show you how to make the most adorable pumpkins! They are inexpensive, kid friendly, super quick, and easy to make!  Oh yeah... and fun too!
So here is what you are going to need to make these pumpkins! 
You'll never believe what's inside! 
 1. Raffia - Purchased at Joanns for $1
2. Fat Quarters - purchased at Joanns for $2 eac.
3. Fall leaves - purchased at Joanns for $1
4. Lunch size paper bags 
5. Toilet paper - purchased at the $1 store
6. Light weight batting - purchased at Joanns

You are also going to need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step #1 ~Take the batting and cut it into a square, it needs to be big enough so that you will be able to tuck the batting into the top of the toilet paper roll.  Like this...
Step #2 ~ Take the fat quarter and lay it underneath the batting & toilet paper,
just like in step #1. Then tuck the fabric into the center of the roll, just like the batting.
 This is what it should look like when you are finished.
WooHoo! Almost looks like a pumpkin!
Step #3 ~Now take a paper bag and start to roll it, like this...
Step #4 ~ when you get it rolled all the way, grab the hot glue and glue the end.
Step #5 ~ Once it is finished drying, grab 4-5 strands of raffia.
Step #6 ~Then glue the end of the raffia to the end of the rolled up paper bag.
Like this...
 Step #7 ~ When that is dry, wrap the raffia around the rolled up paper bag.
Like this...
It's always good to have a friend standing by... just in case you need some help!
In this case we had a few friends willing to help! :)
  You will continue to wrap the raffia all the way down, until you get to the end. Then glue the end of the raffia, so that it doesn't unwind.
Step #8 ~ Put glue on the end of the stem, front and back on one end of the stem,
just like above.
Step #9 ~ Then insert the stem into the center of the pumpkin. Hold it in place for a minute or so, until the glue dries. Then you  and tweak it until it is the shape you want.
Step #10 ~Open your bag of leaves and pick out 2 or 3. Then use the glue gun to secure them to the top of the pumpkin, close to the stem.
Step #11 ~ Now take 2 more pieces of raffia, folded in half,
and tie them around the base of the stem
Guess What???? Your finished!
Pretty cute...huh??? 
(The best part... is that if you run out of toilet paper, you can recycle the pumpkin! Ha!)

Here is a video tutorial... just in case you want to see it live! :)

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!